(a) Vested authority.
(1) The Supreme Court—by its constitutional power—authorizes and designates the Bar to administer rules and regulations that govern the practice of law in Utah, including regulating licensed paralegal practitioners. All persons authorized to practice law in Utah must be licensed by the Bar in accordance with this chapter and Chapter 15 of the Supreme Court Rules of Professional Practice.
(2) The Supreme Court recognizes a compelling state interest in using the Bar to assist the Court in governing admission to the practice of law and improving the quality of legal services in the state. The requirements imposed, the delegations made, and the authority granted to the Bar provide the best ways to promote these compelling state interests and there are no less restrictive alternatives available to achieve those results.
(b) Responsibilities of the Bar. The Bar’s purposes, duties, and responsibilities include:
(1) advancing the administration of justice according to law;
(2) aiding the courts in the administration of justice;
(3) regulating the admission of persons seeking to practice law;
(4) fostering and maintaining integrity, learning competence, public service, and high standards of conduct among those practicing law;
(5) representing the Bar before legislative, administrative, and judicial bodies;
(6) preventing the unauthorized practice of law;
(7) promoting professionalism, competence, and excellence through continuing legal education and other means;
(8) providing a service to the public, the judicial system, and Bar members;
(9) educating the public about the rule of law and responsibilities under the law; and
(10) assisting Bar members in improving the quality and efficiency of their practice.
(c) Qualifications. This chapter prescribes the qualifications, duties, and obligations of lawyers, foreign legal consultants, and licensed paralegal practitioners licensed to practice law in Utah. The Supreme Court is responsible for disciplining a Bar member or licensed paralegal practitioner.
(d) Licensure required. Suspended or disbarred persons may not practice law in Utah or hold themselves out as able to practice law in Utah. A person may only practice law in Utah if that person is:
(1) a licensed lawyer and an active Bar member in good standing;
(2) an inactive member in good standing providing pro bono legal services for or on behalf of a legal services organization approved by the Bar upon meeting certification and performance standards, conditions, and rules established by the Board;
(3) a foreign legal consultant licensed by the Bar; or
(4) a licensed paralegal practitioner and an active licensee of the Bar in good standing.